Winter Hiking Destinations | 5 Best US Winter Hikes

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The winter season is quickly becoming a popular one for outdoor enthusiasts who are not willing to spend the whole time indoors. As most people pack away their gear after wonderful summer and spring camping outdoor sessions, others are gearing up, ready to explore the wild in the winter. The crowds are smaller in these destinations- which is a kind of appeal by itself. The beauty is still magical and for hiking enthusiasts who do not mind a little cold, these 5 winter hiking destinations in the US have a lot to offer during the winter season.

5 of the Best US Winter Hikes

Trillium Lake Loop at Mt. Hood, Oregon

The beautiful scenery is what makes Mt. Hood a popular hiking destination. Because of its elevation, it also attracts a lot of skiers during the winter season. The Trillium Lake Loop is an easy trail that’s perfect for all levels of hikers. 

Bear Mountain Trail – Sedona, Arizona

This 4.6 mile trail is somewhat difficult but the views offer an amazing reward. Along the trail you will be treated to a lesson in Arizona geology as you view a variety of rock formations. Mostly unshaded, this trail is perfect for winter hiking.  In the winter, the temperatures drop a bit and the crowds dwindle. The sheets of snow on the jagged rocks make for a backpacker’s  and photographer’s dream.

Queen’s Garden Trail at Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah 

This fairly short 1.8-mile trail descends below the canyon rim and treats hikers to several fascinating rock formations including Gulliver’s Castle, the Queen’s Castle, and Queen Elizabeth.

Mirror Lake Trail at Yosemite National Park

When the snow melts in this lake, it looks like a mirror and this is how the spot got its name. The two hiking options include a 2-mile roundtrip trek to the lake and back or a 5-mile loop around the lake. Both options make for excellent hiking during the winter season. 

Lost Mine Trail at Big Bend National Park – Texas

The Lost Mine Trail is considered one of the top hikes in Big Bend, especially if you only have a short time in the park. The moderate trail is 4.7 miles and climbs about 1000 feet but its Here you can engage in bird watching as you take your hike along the lost mine trails.

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